Fine Arts
Mr. Roberto Munguia, Head of Department

The Cistercian Fine Arts Department is dedicated to awaking and inspiring each student's innate creativity and to fostering an aesthetic appreciation both of our world and of our Western artistic and musical traditions. The goal of the Cistercian Fine Arts Department is to give the student the means, in one art form or several, to express his own personal vision as well as to appreciate the expressions of others.

In Middle School art classes, students are immersed in a wide variety of exploratory assignments geared to awaken and inspire their sense of personal creativity. In Middle School music, a curriculum has been devised which encompasses a broad range of musical studies. The classes concentrate on music theory, opera and orchestral instruments.

The Upper School art electives offer a more rigorous and prolonged concentration in specific disciplines, such as acrylic painting. Art History, first introduced in the middle school, continues as a component in the World Civilization and American History courses. Unfamiliar and more challenging art forms, such as encaustic painting and performance art, are also introduced. Upper School photography courses are designed to emphasize the practice of creative vision and the interpretation of that vision through the photograph. The overall goal of the photography program is not to turn the students into photographers, but to teach them to use photography to help them discover and express their own creative thinking.

Bumbershoot 2015

Department Faculty:

  • Rev. Anthony Bigney, O. Cist.

    Rev. Anthony Bigney, O. Cist.

    MTh University of Dallas, Irving, TX.
    BA Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.

    Form Master (Form III);
    Religion (Form IV);
    Government (Form VIII);
    Exodus Sponsor.

    phone: (469) 499-5448

  • Rev. Stephen Gregg | Class of 2001

    Rev. Stephen Gregg | Class of 2001

    STL Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Rome, Italy.
    STB Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo, Rome, Italy.
    BA University of the South, Sewanee, TN.

    English (Forms II, IV);
    Music Appreciation (Form IV);
    Reflections Sponsor.

    phone: (469) 499-5458

  • Mr. Seth Magill

    Mr. Seth Magill

    BFA Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.

    Fine Arts (Form IV);
    Drama;
    Electives;
    Middle School Speech League.

    phone: (469) 499-5400

  • Mr. Roberto Munguia

    Mr. Roberto Munguia

    MFA, MA University of Dallas, Irving, TX.
    BFA University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

    Head of Fine Arts Department;
    Art (Forms I-III);
    Art Electives;
    Senior Seminar.

    phone: (469) 499-5412

  • Mr. David C. Patrick | Class of 1986

    Mr. David C. Patrick | Class of 1986

    BA Amherst College, Amherst, MA.

    Improvisation Elective.

    phone: (469) 499-5400

  • Rev. Ignatius Peacher, O. Cist.

    Rev. Ignatius Peacher, O. Cist.

    MArch University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX.
    MA University of Dallas, Irving, TX.
    BA St. John's University, Collegeville, MN.

    Religion (Form III);
    Visual Arts (Form IV).

    phone: (469) 499-5400

    Website Link

  • Mr. James M. Reisch

    Mr. James M. Reisch

    BA University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX.

    Director of Photography/Video for External Media.
    Photography and Filmmaking Electives;

    phone: (469) 499-5400

  • Rev. Gregory Schweers, O. Cist.

    Rev. Gregory Schweers, O. Cist.

    MA, BA University of Dallas, Irving, TX.
    MA University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX.
    Art History, London, England.

    Fine Arts Coordinator;
    Art Appreciation (Form IV);
    Senior Seminar;
    Academic Quiz Bowl Sponsor.

    phone: (469) 499-5426

  • Mrs. Kelly Shea

    Mrs. Kelly Shea

    MM, BM Rice University, Houston, TX.

    Music (Forms I, II).

    phone: (469) 499-5415

  • Mr. Michael A. Tomaso | Class of 2006

    Mr. Michael A. Tomaso | Class of 2006

    MArch Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
    BSViz, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX.

    Architecture Electives.

    phone: (469) 499-5400